Welcome back!

Our staff and animals are looking forward to welcoming visitors once again…it’s been too long, we miss you!

It will be a different type of experience this year due to Covid Guidelines therefore we ask everyone to adhere to Social Distancing.
We are also imposing strict capacity limits so encourage everyone to book online where possible and when visiting ask you to use contactless payments where possible.

We have also introduced a range of new health and safety measures that seek to reduce the risks associated with the presence of COVID-19 that are in line with government advice and the the requirements of local health authorities. These measures are designed to reduce the gathering of large numbers of people and as restrictions are eased we will reintroduce more experiences which allow us to return to our shows, tours and feeding times.

Some of the measures set out below may be clearly visible to you from the moment you arrive. Other measures require your consideration to help ensure everyone has a great day out.

Prior to your arrival:
Please make sure you have made your booking online.
Before leaving home, please check our Facebook page or website for the latest information.
We politely request that you refrain from visiting should you start displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19.
Please contact hello@deercentre.com should you wish to amend your booking.

As with our employees, we politely request that all our visitors uphold the highest possible hygiene standards – whether it be when sneezing or coughing, through regular hand washing or the frequent application of hand sanitiser.

Whilst here visit our newly built Scottish Wildcat enclosure and check our catering outlets out in the Park and Courtyard.
We’ve also got new animals, come and see our beautiful Highland Cows Morag, Isla, Rosie and Madge.
Wolves will also be returning soon!
Our new Bird of Prey Centre is currently under construction…all part of our ambitious redevelopment plans and we’ll be adding more new ideas and concepts throughout the year.

We look forward to welcome new and returning visitors on the 28th!

Yay! We have new owners…..

The Scottish Deer Centre has found new buyers since its previous owners entered administration last year.

We have been closed since April last year, initially due to the covid-19 lockdown and then due The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Limited entering administration.

The Centre has now found a new lease of life having been successfully bought by local gaming entrepreneur David Hamilton and Dundee businessman Gavin Findlay.

David Hamilton became aware of the Centre’s troubles following a news story in the local press featuring local MP Wendy Chamberlain who was concerned for the Centre’s future.

Following reading about the article, the two local businessman contacted The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Limited’s Joint Administrators to the Company from specialist business advisory firm FRP and the local MP to begin a purchase offer and proceedings.

Following discussions, the sale has now been agreed for an undisclosed sum and the two local businessmen are excited to grow on what has already been built at the Deer Centre to keep it a popular tourist attraction for families both local and from across Scotland.

David Hamilton said:

“I have lived in Wormit all my life, with my Dad growing up in Cupar and the deer centre has always been somewhere we went.

“I was devastated that I wasn’t able to take my kids to see Santa there last year.

“When I found out it was due to the park unfortunately falling into Edinburgh Woollen Mill troubles, I got in touch with Wendy Chamberlain MP who helped with the purchase.

“I would also like to thank previous owner Philip Day from the EWM Group who personally phoned me to wish us well on something that meant a lot to him and his family.”

Gavin Findlay added:

“I love the outdoors and the welfare of animals.

With a young family myself, I am really excited to see what we can do to the park.

“It has a great team of staff and can’t wait to announce soon the plans we have along with getting the park back open when the guidelines allow us to.”

Local MP for North East Fife, Wendy Chamberlain said:

“I’m pleased that the Scottish Deer Centre has new ownership enabling it to stay open.

“The Deer Centre is a valuable business here in North East Fife, creating jobs and supporting the local economy as a tourist attraction for locals and people across Scotland alike.

“This new chapter for them presents an opportunity for reinvigoration and new opportunities going forward which I will be excited to see come to life.

“Having liaised with David to see this sale go ahead I look forward to liaising with them in future and I am excited to see what they have in store for the Scottish Deer Centre’s future.”

Tony Wright, Partner at FRP and Joint Administrator of The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Limited, said: “The Scottish Deer Centre is a much-loved park. We’re pleased to have secured new owners and custodians of the site who can take it forward for families to enjoy well into the future. We wish the team all the best with their new venture.”

The new owners are hoping to have the park open for Spring Bank Holiday weekend on Friday 28th May.

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